Sunday, August 16, 2009

Catching the Tiger by the tail

The scene, that 91st PGA Championship in Chaska, MN. Going in to the final day, Tiger Woods had a 2 stroke lead and was 14 of 14 when leading on the third day. Everyone knew this would simply be a Tiger coronation and his 6th win of the year. Everyone except the 110th ranked played in the world. Y. E. Yang, came into the day tied with Pedraig Harrington but he ended up in the final twosome with Tiger. The course had gotten some rain the night and morning before and some thought this would be a great day for scoring with the greens a little wetter, thus allowing shots to stick a little better.
Yang battled Tiger, who for some reason forgot how to putt today, the entire 18 holes. Yang chipped in an eagle on the 14th to take the lead. That lead would prove to be enough for Yang to become the first Asian born player to win a major championship. Tiger battled back to within 1 shot and should have been out of it at the 17th. If Yang would have sunk his putt for par it would have been all but over. However, Yang and Tiger both got bogeys on 17 and set up a dual on 18. Tiger's putter let him down and Yang ended up winning by 3 strokes at -8.
Congrats to Y. E. Yang on winning the PGA Championship. He didn't lose to Tiger, he beat him. Now, the question is, is Tiger a mortal now? Can this be the day that all golfer have been rooting for, or is this a blip on the radar screen?

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